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The Road to Recovery from a Knee Injury

When you experience a minor knee injury, doing the RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) technique might be enough. Resting the knee can help speed up the healing process on its own. Then, putting ice on it can reduce the swelling. You will be required to wear compression support to keep the knee area stable while it is healing. Then, from time to time, it is recommended to elevate it to relieve the pain.

Meanwhile, if it is a major injury, you have to go through surgery and physical therapy headed by a trusted orthopedic specialist in the Fox Valley. You have to go through a strict physical examination to determine the invasiveness of the surgery that needs to be done to fix the problem. After that, you have to go through a careful road to recovery so you can get back the normal function of your knees.

When it comes to recovery, it helps that you are in a good place that promotes rest with the combination of having the facilities for physical therapy to boost your healing. A good recovery facility provides utmost care to its patients while assisting them as they get back to being mobile.

What to Look for in a Good Recovery Facility

If you are on your way to a knee surgery and are concerned about the post-surgery recovery, you should focus your efforts on finding a good recovery facility. Here are the important things to consider when searching for a recovery facility after a knee surgery.

Comfortable Suites

The recovery facility that you should choose should have comfortable suites that promote a restful stay. It does not need to be a 5-star experience, but if you can find one that offers that then that might help speed up the recovery process. At the very least, check how comfortable the beds are since you will be spending a significant amount of time lying down right after the surgery. It helps if the facility you choose is designed for easy access for patients like you. They should have motorized lifts so it is easier for you to go out of the suite and navigate the surroundings.

Since you will be in the suite for most of the time at the start, choose a recovery facility that provides ways to avoid boredom. See if the facility offers added features like Wi-fi connectivity and if they have huge TVs.

Onsite Medical Support

For added safety, they should have medical support in the facility that is on-call 24/7. Since you will be doing your physical therapy there, they should have medical professionals who can support you all the time. Moreover, this also ensures that your progress is closely observed from the facility.

Area to Socialize

The facility is a house for several patients. It should have a space that allows patients to socialize as this can help in providing psychological support towards recovery.

Getting Started

Recovery Inn is located on the campus of the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI) in Appleton. This skilled nursing facility was the first orthopedics-only recovery facility in the nation attached to a surgery center. At OSI, you can have your surgery and rehab without leaving the building. For more information or to schedule a tour of Recovery Inn, please contact Recovery Inn Executive Director Shaena Van Handel at 920.560.1066.

In addition to this one-of-a-kind skilled nursing facility, OSI’s Appleton campus includes clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries.

OSI also has outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.